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Proofs from the Book (Summer Semester 2023)

"Paul Erdos liked to talk about The Book, in which God maintains the perfect proofs for mathematical theorems, following the dictum of G. H. Hardy that there is no permanent place for ugly mathematics. Erdos also said that you need not believe in God but, as a mathematician, you should believe in The Book." The proseminar is based on the "approximation of The Book" by M. Aigner and G. Ziegler, containing some of the most elegant proofs in analysis, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, and geometry.

Proseminar: Tuesday 9:45-11:15 SR 2.059 Begin: 18.4.2023, End: 29.7.2023
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Maria Axenovich
Office hours: Mon. 16:00-17:00
Room 1.043 Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Email: maria.aksenovich@kit.edu

Literature: M. Aigner and G. Ziegler "Proofs from The Book" fourth edition, Springer.
Online available .pdf: https://proofsfromthebook.github.io/Proofs%20from%20THE%20BOOK.pdf

Format: Each student chooses one of the 40 book chapters to present. One week before the scheduled talk, the student meets with one of the seminar organisers.


Attendance is mandatory.

Each talk lasts between 60 and 70 minutes. The talks are followed by questions, discussions, and feedback sessions. All students are expected to participate.

If you need your seminar to be graded, please let the organisers know in the beginning of the semester.


In addition to the main source, everyone is free to find additional literature. One could use Mathscinet, Google Scholar, or ArXiv. Note that Mathscinet is not a freely available resource, but one can use it within the KIT network.